Other names: Charles Lill
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetCann, Shaftesbury, DorsetSturminster, DorsetSt. James' Church, ShaftesburyHaimes Lane, ShaftesburySt. Rumbold Road, ShaftesburyEnmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Charles Lill London was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 27th August 1897 and baptised at St. James Church on 3rd October 1897 the son of Charles Lill London and Mary Ann London (née Mills). He lived all his life, apart from Military Service, in the Shaftesbury area. He enlisted on 10th December 1915 but was not mobilized until 15th March 1917 when he joined Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 212668). He served with the 19th/67th Brigade though it is not known in which theatre of war. The Absent Voters List of 1918 gives his then address as 19 Haimes Lane, Shaftesbury. On his discharge in 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals. The 1921 Census shows him living with his parents in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, working at the Grosvenor Hotel, Shaftesbury as a Chauffeur. He married Laura Noble in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1929. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 6 St. Rumbold Road, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Taxi Driver. His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry in 1969 and after his funeral at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, Shaftesbury, was buried in the Town Cemetery on 9th December 1969. Charles' brothers, Frederick Henry London and Jasper Hopkins London, also served in the conflict. All their names appear on a Roll of Honour published in the St. James' Church Parish Magazine in Nov 1918.